Forum Leadership Group

The NCEIF is a not-for-profit event set up to address the needs and challenges specific to community engagement in the infrastructure industry. The three founders Donna Groves, Melanie Layton and Allison Hendricks were keen to set up a forum for the exchange and sharing of knowledge and expertise within this rapidly growing sector.  Infrastructure and natural resource community engagement is a distinct field requiring specialised expertise. By focusing the discussions on this sector, we hope to support practitioners and advance the practice of community and stakeholder engagement in Infrastructure development and natural resource management.


The National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum (NCEIF) was sadly cancelled in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the Covid pandemic .

In 2022 the Forum returned and was held at Cloudland in Brisbane. It was the biggest and brightest event to date with sponsorship packages sold out and record attendance.

The forum, now in its fourth year, has been developed by some ambitious women who are passionate about working with communities to help them understand infrastructure and how major projects and communities can work collaboratively.

Remaining founders, Donna Groves and Melanie Layton are old friends and colleagues who have collectively been working in the stakeholder engagement and communication space for more than 60 years.

Over the 2016-17 reporting period, Infrastructure Australia published a newly revised Infrastructure Priority List identifying 100 major proposals that Australia needs over the next 15 years. This is the largest-ever number of infrastructure proposals on the Priority List.

As community engagement professionals, we need to prepare now to better understand these drivers of future demand for infrastructure and how we, and the communities in which we work, can be ready for this growth. The NCEIF will provide insight on advancing community consultation in the infrastructure and natural resources space; discovering new industry trends and policies which may impact the community engagement framework and the development of infrastructure projects now and in the future; and exploring new tools and the latest research to support community and stakeholder engagement in infrastructure.

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Who Will Attend

Industry leaders, including community and stakeholder engagement professionals, communications consultants, policy makers, civil engineers, urban architects, technology experts and related professionals.

What To Expect

Our conference is an engaging experience for delegates, certainly not your typical conference!

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